The following information is being sent to inform you of a situation that occurred at Cloverdale Elementary School today, and it is not intended to alarm you.
This afternoon just after 2:00 p.m., three students observed a live bat in the 4th/5th grade restroom. They immediately told their teachers, and at approximately 2:05 p.m., a Yellow Schedule was called to keep students in place as the animal was captured. In a Yellow Schedule, students are asked to remain in their classrooms while learning continues and do not enter the hallways. This practice is part of our district-wide Crisis Plan. The intent of a Yellow Schedule is to preserve the integrity and safety of those in our building.
It was captured by Cloverdale Head Custodian Jim Baumgartner and Assistant Principal Steven Kyle and transported to DuPage County Animal Services, where as an extra precaution we are having it tested.
We have contacted the families of the students who observed the bat, and our custodians, as well as the District’s Buildings & Grounds staff, are working to locate its source of entry into the school and ensure there are no additional bats.
The Yellow Schedule ended at approximately 2:35 p.m. after the bat was captured and removed from the school.
I thank our students and staff for their cooperation with today’s Yellow Schedule. Our first priority is student safety and wellbeing. I know an incident like this can bring forth questions from students, so I want to make you aware of the situation if your child discusses it with you. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-588-5300 if you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter.
Mrs. Korrie McCarry Principal Cloverdale Elementary School